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Each time we think or speak of our Love “for” (or “of”) someone, we could experiment with omitting the “because.” Instead of I love XXX, followed by a long and admiring list of, They are so…, we could simply try on, I love XXX. Period. We could experiment with omitting their qualities, whether perceived as “superficial” (beautiful, talented, smart, accomplished…) or “deep” (wise, kind, caring, evolved, soulful…) We could experiment with omitting their personality, their beliefs and values, their accomplishments and achievements, their circumstances, their life story… And we could get in touch with the choice-less-ness, the condition-less-ness, the “I-can’t-help-it-ness” of our Love (for them). Then we’ll know Love for the first time. Without armor or defense, condition or qualification. We’ll know Love as our very nature, independent of “the other.” We’ll know ourselves as the source of Love, and Love as the source of us. By dropping the qualities of the other, the “you” falls away from “I love you.” By recognizing the choice-less-ness, condition-less-ness, and I-can’t-help-it-ness, the “I” falls away too. And what remains, is only Love. We become naked and liberated in Love, freed of the burden of reason and justification. We see that “because” is the attachment, the bondage, keeping us believing that without the other and their acting this way or that way, we wouldn’t be (in) Love. We see that Love just is, no matter what.

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Here’s spiritual near-truth #11: The act of forgiving (another) frees us

Forgiveness as an act, is in the illusion, in the play! Forgiveness as realization, is that there’s nothing to forgive!

When we realize manifest experience as the projection of consciousness, we can also see that any interaction “within it” is a (co)creation. Once this creative power in Self is realized, there is no more question of forgiveness!

To expand, let’s say we’re in a play together, and you (agree to) play my mean and ignorant neighbor, who says horrible (let’s go there: racist) things to me. You agree to this role in my play, and I agree to the role in yours! And so, we have a play together, each playing roles relative to the other. (One-Self is playing something out as “two.”) The play can only occur via agreement to experience something together. (more…)

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Here’s spiritual near-truth #10: Dvaita (dualism) and Advaita (non-dualism) are two paths to Truth

Advaita (literally “non-dualism,” though this is not an accurate descriptor of unity consciousness) suggests: Everywhere I look there is only The One! And Dvaita (“dualism”) suggests: Look, how beautifully The One expresses through “two” (variety/contrast)!

At essence, both are pointing to One Self. Dvaita is only a way of conveying the realization of Oneness through the experience of two! At core it isn’t a different philosophy or teaching from Advaita (more…)

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Here’s spiritual near-truth #7: I have a Higher Self that guides me / works through me

There exists only the Self. One-Self. Reflected everywhere, in everything, as everything, as nothing. Every concept of existence as a separate identity is an illusion. So, one might say that it is the “lower self” that doesn’t exist 🙂 But because the ego/mind believes in its own existence, a Higher Self is conjured up to comprehend and label that which (solely and eternally)… I am.  (more…)

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Spiritual near-truth #6: People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime

The person one brushes up against for just a second in a crowded marketplace, the person next to whom one sits in a long international flight, the person with whom one shares a yearlong adventure… and the person who is one’s child or parent… are all just as (in)significant. It’s just that in one’s play one’s an “extra” and in another’s play, one is in a “lead-role.” Yet they are all plays of equal airtime and (in)significance, and neither role is the Self, not for us and not for the perceived other! When eternity is known in any moment of Now, it is seen that every connection is eternal… as the (connection with) One-Self is eternal.  (more…)

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Here’s spiritual near-truth# 4: We carry forward (good/bad) karma

There exists no debit-credit account from the past. If we can recognize that there exists no linear time, and so no past or future, only (moments of) an eternal Now, we can see there can be no such thing as an account from the past that carries forward. And certainly no Accountant keeping tabs 🙂

Since our manifest experience is created in the Now as a projection of our consciousness, what we experience as karma in the manifest is simply that which we habitually project into a materialized / experiential reality. One could say that in the very moment a certain thought is projected, its immediate impression/mark on our own conditioned identity is the karma. We are bound in the manifest to experience its echo, but there’s no reality or substance to the echo! So, karma is a habit pattern of thought, a conditioning, which we are continuing to practice in every moment of the eternal Now, and thereby projecting a particular kind of manifestation repeatedly. (more…)

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(in each moment)
one’s calling lies
not in what one is doing to help
but in what one cannot help
doing
in this non-trying
in this non-doing
all is done
and all are helped

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